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Ripley's Buckwheat (Eriogonum ripleyi)

  • Global Rank: G2 - Imperiled
  • Legal Status: N/A
  • Family: Polygonaceae
  • State: AZ
  • Nature Serve ID: 135003
  • Lifeform: Subshrub, Forb/herb
  • Date Inducted in National Collection: 06/18/1986

Where is Ripley's Buckwheat (Eriogonum ripleyi) located in the wild?

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Ripley's Buckwheat can be found in Arizona

Which CPC Partners conserve Ripley's Buckwheat (Eriogonum ripleyi)?

CPC's Plant Sponsorship Program provides long term stewardship of rare plants in our National Collection. We are so grateful for all our donors who have made the Plant Sponsorship Program so successful. We are in the process of acknowledging all our wonderful plant sponsorship donors on our website. This is a work in progress and will be updated regularly.

Conservation Actions

Center for Plant Conservation
  • 10/08/2021
  • Orthodox Seed Banking

On May 16, 2019, in accordance with the CPC and USFS Rare Plant Seed Banking Agreement, Steve Blackwell from Desert Botanic Garden collected a total of 883 seeds from 50 of the population’s 100 reproductive individuals. Seed was divided and banked between the Desert Botanic Garden and the National Laboratory for Genetic Resources Preservation in Fort Collins, CO. 

Center for Plant Conservation
  • 10/08/2021
  • Seed Collection

On May 16, 2019, in accordance with the CPC and USFS Rare Plant Seed Banking Agreement, Steve Blackwell from Desert Botanic Garden made a conservation seed collection Eriogonum ripleyi in Tonto National Forest on a gypsum outcrop south of Horseshoe Lake. Additional seed collections in subsequent years may be necessary to augment the size of this collection. 

Nature Serve Biotics
  • 05/02/2017

Known from 5 widely separated localities in Arizona and threatened by off-road vehicles, road construction, and grazing. It is restricted to calcareous chalky, gravel silt, gypsum and tertiary lake substrates. ?

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Taxon Eriogonum ripleyi
Authority J.T. Howell
Family Polygonaceae
CPC Number 1776
ITIS 21232
Duration Perennial
Common Names Ripley's Wild-buckwheat | Fraziers Well buckwheat
Associated Scientific Names Eriogonum ripleyi
State Rank
State State Rank
Arizona S2
Ecological Relationships


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